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U.S. Jewish Leaders Meet with Austrian Minister on Jewish Claims

A delegation representing the Committee for Jewish Claims on Austria conferred here with Dr. Reinhard Kamitz, the Austrian Finance Minister. The Jewish leaders stressed that thousands of Austrian Nazi victims had received merely minimum benefits by way of indemnification from the Austrian Government. Many thousands of others have received nothing at all for losses and injuries suffered in Austria, over 20 years ago.

The Jewish leaders urged the Austrian Government to expand the scope of existing indemnification laws, through comprehensive amendments. They also called for indemnification to the Jewish communities in Austria for their justified claims arising from the destruction of synagogues and related institutions during the Nazi era. On Sept. 16, a Claims Committee delegation had also conferred with Dr. Bruno Kreisky, the Austrian Foreign Minister.

The delegation members were: Dr. Nahum Goldmann, chairman; Jacob Blausten honorary president of the American Jewish Committee; Saul Kagan, secretary of the Committee for Jewish Claims on Austria; Dr. Nehemiah Robinson, director of the Institute of Jewish Affairs, World Jewish Congress; and Seymour J. Rubin, foreign affairs counsel of the American Jewish Committee.

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